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Posted on Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 10:05 a.m.

Ypsilanti Township offering special storm brush pickup services next week

By Katrease Stafford

Ypsilanti Township is joining a growing list of communities offering special brush pickup services, following the winter storm earlier this week that resulted in fallen tree limbs.


Fallen tree branches were reported across Washtenaw County.

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Ypsilanti Township Residential Services Director Jeff Allen said the township decided to have a special pickup after residents continued to inquire after the storm. The township will have trucks going through the areas heavily hit.

"We have received several calls from concerned residents about the amount of fallen limbs in the area, especially on the west side of the township," Allen said.

Ypsilanti Township will have a special brush pickup beginning Wednesday, March 6. The chipping service will be extended until Monday, March 11, if necessary.

Residents who have branches larger than 1 inch diameter should place them at the curb for pickup by Tuesday evening. Allen said the branches should be under 6 inches in diameter and cut and not exceed 10 feet in length.

Smaller branches should be placed in yard waste bags or trash containers 32 gallons or smaller, marked as "yard waste." Containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Township residents can also bring brush or branches out to the Compost Site Center at 2600 East Clark Road on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but proof of residency will be required.

If there is an immediate hazard, such as limbs in the roadway or branches hanging over the road, residents are being advised to contact the Washtenaw County Road Commission. For further information, residents are being advised to contact the township at 734-484-0073.

The storm knocked out power for 26,000 DTE Energy customers across Washtenaw County and caused numerous downed tree branches.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

Wish Ann Arbor would do this. For those of you fortunate enough to take advantage of the curbside chipping, help the workers out and pile the branches all one way, that is, put all the large ends together at one end of the pile, chippers feed best large to small, and it is a paint to sort out tangled branches. If you live in Ann Arbor, you may pile yours any way, as long as it resembles public art.


Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

That is, ..."it is a pain to sort out tangled branches." They should allow for a preview or edit period after posting. I hate typos.


Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

Kudos to Ypsi township for joining in.